|CNF Draft Map Courtesy D2E2|
Snow conditions were incredibly sticky yesterday. With waxless, rugged touring skis, Fischer S-Bound 98, I could ascend as if I was using climbing skins. With the wet snow, hemlocks were shedding accumulated snow with loud (and painful) plops. One snow bomb that caught my arm was a reminder of the substantial mass and power of these things.
The southern portion of the Iditarod Trail, similar to the northern portion, is graded for easy cross country skiing. Without a track, the trail was a bit obscure at the southern-most powerline-trail intersection - on the uptrack, I followed the traditional approach to Pete's North along the power line. But on the return leg, I found the Iditarod at a slightly lower elevation and gentler grade. The new Iditarod at Turnagain Pass is an excellent ski trail; it will likely become a classic.